British Ambassador Addresses Sligo Chamber
The British Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Dominick Chilcott, was the guest speaker at Sligo Chambers Annual Christmas Lunch held in the Glasshouse Hotel on Tuesdays Dec 17th. The Lunch which was sponsored by Stiefel Laboratories was attended by well over 100 people who listened to the Ambassador outline opportunities for business in the North West to increase trade with the UK. Earlier in the day, the Chamber had arranged a tour of the Yeats County for the Ambassador followed by a site visit to Stiefel Laboratories.It was the Ambassador’s first visit to Sligo and he said that he was taken aback by the beauty of the county and the quality and enthusiasm of the workforce that he met at Stiefel. In his address the Ambassador said that the economies of the UK and Ireland were indelibly intertwined through trade and that there were great opportunities to increase that trade to higher levels. The Ambassador also highlighted the significance of the Queen’s State visit to Ireland and the upcoming State visit of President Michael D Higgins to the UK.The Ambassador was joined by Mr Paul Caplis, who heads up the Inward Investment team within UK Trade & Investment based at the British Embassy in Dublin, providing help, advice and support to Irish companies that are looking to set up and/or expand their presence in the UK.
Following the lunch, Mr Caplis had the opportunity to meet with a number of Sligo based companies that had either interests in, or intentions towards, the UK market. Sligo companies learned more about the supports available through UK trade & Investment which include: location advice and guidance, introductions to sector specialists, access to UK organisations that assist with business growth and connectivity to local partnerships, councils and other public sector partners. For Irish companies already established in the UK, Paul explained that a valuable ‘ongoing aftercare’ service is available through the UKTI local support network to enable such companies to grow and succeed in the UK.”
Speaking after the event, Sligo Chamber President Trevor McDaid said “It was great to have the Ambassador here as our guest speaker and to take the opportunity of showing both the Ambassador and Mr Caplis all that Sligo has to offer in terms of its tourism and manufacturing potential. It’s all part of our ongoing work within the Chamber to “Help Sligo Grow”.